VICE Canada employees have voted to unionize

Yesterday news broke that VICE Canada employees have voted in favour of joining the Canadian Media Guild. The labour board will soon issue a formal bargaining certificate.  The bargaining unit will include all VICE employees across the country aside from managers and salespeople. Vice freelancers are invited to share their concerns about their working conditions […]

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 9:30 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Vice freelancers: The CMG wants to hear from you

If you’re a regular freelancer for Vice Canada, the Canadian Media Guild would like to hear about your experiences and working conditions. CMG organizer Karen Wirsig is involved in the Vice Canada unionizing drive that began late last year. She says Vice employees have told her they’re concerned about how freelancers are treated by the company. […]

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Vice Media workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your unicorn!

By Errol Salamon This post is the second in a series called “E-Lancer Writes,” exploring the working conditions, rights, and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns, and other low-wage or temporary digital media workers. Workers at Vice Media are leading efforts to unionize digital media workplaces. These efforts have spread internationally from the United […]

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

CMG launches union drive at Vice Canada

Young media workers have no problem understanding the benefits of unionization, say the organizers behind Vice Canada’s union drive. “Precarity of labour is a fact for most young people,” says Tannara Yelland, a former Vice employee who is currently working as a temporary organizer with the Canadian Media Guild. “When you work in media, even if you have […]

Posted on December 18, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Digital newsrooms moving towards unionization

It’s been a big summer for unions and new media. The past few weeks have seen a string of stories about digital media workers organizing — employees at Gawker, Salon, Vice and The Guardian US have all voted to unionize since the beginning of June. This week, BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti told his employees that he doesn’t think unionizing would […]

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Sara Steffens on the challenges and benefits of freelance organizing

by Rachel Sanders The world, it seems, is going freelance. With traditional media in a state of massive restructuring, there are more independent media workers than ever before. Freelance unions (such as our own CMG Freelance) are growing and expanding to provide advocacy and support to the growing freelance ranks. Sara Steffens has been on the front line of […]

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:21 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Study this! Even more reasons to join a union, from a librarian

You’ve seen it here before. We’re not shy about our support for unions, and whether it’s the Born Freelancer explaining why unions are boss or a fun video from the Canadian Media Guild demonstrating the sticky situations that unprotected workers find themselves in, we’re glad to share. We can write about reasons to join a […]

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Fun, retro-style video from CMG drives home reasons to join a union

For those not yet convinced, this video commissioned by the Canadian Media Guild/CWA Canada cheekily illustrates a few good reasons to join a union. Produced by MyFilm Productions, with music by Incompetech, the narrative centres on “Jenny,” who is excited to start her new job, only to discover that she was hired to replace a […]

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

To be or not to be (in a union), that is the question

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer will share personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments. “I wouldn’t belong to any club that would have me as a member” — attributed to Groucho Marx I usually feel the […]

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Au revoir, Rue Frontenac?

  Rue Frontenac launched in winter 2009 as website for locked-out workers at the Journal de Montreal, offering union information on the conflict between the paper and its unionized workers that began in January 2009. The site also posts general news, offering those locked-out journalists an outlet for their work. A print edition of Rue […]

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,